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Derek and Emily Schmitt of Fairfield County are featured editors of Growing Our Generation

Growing Our Generation: Farmers market and show pigs

Published Sep. 3, 2015

Meet Derek and Emily Schmitt of Fairfield County, the latest featured editors of the Growing Our Generation eletter.

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Discussion Meet applications due Nov. 2

Published Sep. 2, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Agricultural Professionals are accepting entries for the 2016 Discussion Meet contest. Entry forms are due Nov. 2.The contest will be held Dec. 2.

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Oct. 1 deadline for OFB Foundation grants

Published Sep. 2, 2015

Oct. 1 is the deadline to apply for an Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation grant.

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Congressman Pat Tiberi, Fiscally Responsible Government

Published Sep. 1, 2015

Fiscally responsible government. That's one of the major themes you'll hear from on this week's 'Town Hall Ohio'. Congressman Pat Tiberi and Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President, Jack Fisher talk about funding and spending issues, and a few other important topics.

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Jumping through the hoops

Published Aug. 28, 2015

Derek Schmitt is a Fairfield County farmer raising show hogs and heirloom vegetables marketed at the Pickerington Farmers Market. He also serves as Fairfield County Farm Bureau president. This blog is part of Derek and his wife Emily's turn as featured editors of the Growing Our Generation eletter.

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Starting our farmers market venture

Published Aug. 28, 2015

Derek Schmitt is a Fairfield County farmer raising show hogs and heirloom vegetables marketed at the Pickerington Farmers Market. He also serves as Fairfield County Farm Bureau president. This blog is part of Derek and his wife Emily's turn as featured editors of the Growing Our Generation eletter.

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Instagram #TakeOverTuesday with Fairfield County's Derek Schmitt

Published Aug. 28, 2015

Every Tuesday an Ohio Farmer takes over the Ohio Farm Bureau Instagram account to share a day in their life. Derek Schmitt of Fairfield County took over a few weeks ago, and is the latest editor of the 'Growing Our Generation' eletter.

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'Town Hall Ohio' featuring Ohio Chamber of Commerce's CEO Andy Doehrel

Published Aug. 24, 2015

The Ohio Chamber of Commerce traces its roots back to 1893. Today the chamber represents the interests of 8,000 businesses of all shapes and sizes. Guest: Andy Doehrel, President & CEO, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, and Jack Fisher, Executive VP, OFBF. Length 39:20

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Sen. Rob Portman

Cultivating a Cure raises more than $90,000

Published Aug. 21, 2015

Cultivating a Cure, an annual fundraiser started by Nationwide board member and former OFBF President Brent Porteus, raised more than $90,000 to support cancer treatment and prevention research at Ohio State University.

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AgriPOWER Class VII session 2 blogs with Chris Kick, Sara Campbell

Published Aug. 20, 2015

AgriPOWER Institute Class VII met for its second session which focused on social media, blogging, media relations and connecting with consumers. They also toured Consolidated Grain and Barge, Motz Turf Farm and Turner Farms. Two class members, Sara Campbell and Chris Kick, blogged about the experience.

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BWC competition showcases solutions that reduce risk of workplace injuries

Published Aug. 20, 2015

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is seeking employers who developed or implemented an innovative solution to an occupational safety or health issue for the next Safety Innovations Competition. Cash prizes range from $1,000 to $6,000.

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Interacting with media, being effective spokespeople - AgriPOWER Class VII blog

Published Aug. 18, 2015

AgriPOWER Institute Class VII participant Chris Kick blogs what he learned about interacting with media and being an effective spokesperson during the second session of AgriPOWER.

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Using storytelling in conversations with consumers - AgriPOWER Class VII blog

Published Aug. 17, 2015

AgriPOWER Institute Class VII participant Sara Campbell discusses her experience in the program's first second session, visiting Turner Farms and working on communication skills.

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Senator Rob Portman on 'Town Hall Ohio'

Published Aug. 17, 2015

With a world filled with people who don't much like America, critical economic challenges at hand, and pressing social issues to resolve, Ohioans want a strong voice in Washington DC. Senator Rob Portman talks about the big topics that affect our lives.

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Kelly and Michelle Abfall won use of this Kubota tractor among other great prizes as the 2014 Outstanding Young Farmers

Our Farm Bureau, Young Ag Professionals journey

Published Aug. 13, 2015

Michelle Abfall, a grain cattle farmer in Athens County, writes about how she and her husband got involved in Ohio Farm Bureau its Young Ag Professionals program. This blog is part of their turn as featured editors of the 'Growing Our Generation' eletter.

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Start the conversation

Published Aug. 13, 2015

Michelle Abfall, a grain cattle farmer in Athens County, writes about the importance of talking about agriculture, even just casually with friends. This blog is part of their turn as featured editors of the 'Growing Our Generation' eletter.

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Young Ohio farmer visits New York City to learn about connecting with consumers

Published Aug. 13, 2015

Dr. Emily Buck of New Bloomington is participating in the eighth class of American Farm Bureau's Partners in Agricultural Leadership (PAL) class, and recently traveled to New York City for the first session, which focused on connecting to consumers. Watch a video she made about the experience

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Legal with Leah: Liability issues of equipment on roads

Published Aug. 13, 2015

There’s a difference between being ticketed and being sued if you’re involved with an equipment accident on the road. Learn more, plus road rules and what to do if you’re in an accident from Farm Bureau’s Leah Curtis.

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Young farmer grants from Southern Ohio Ag & Community Development Foundation

Published Aug. 11, 2015

The Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Foundation is offering an unprecedented opportunity for progressive young farmers. The Pat Raines Young Farmer Grant program is designed to facilitate growing an agricultural enterprise to the next level.

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'Town Hall Ohio' talks to agriculture media players

Published Aug. 10, 2015

Farmers want to know how to farm better and what the markets and weather are doing. Farmers still rely on professional journalists to keep them informed. Guests: Susan Crowell, Farm and Dairy; Dave Russell, Brownfield Media; and Matt Reese, Ohio's Country Journal.

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AgriPOWER Class VII session one with Vicky Shaw, Angela Shoemaker

Published Aug. 6, 2015

AgriPOWER Institute Class VII met for its first session where they got to know one another, learned about their personalities, strengths and skills as well as worked on public speaking skills. Two class members, Angela Shoemaker and Vicky Shaw, blogged about the experience. Excerpts from their blogs are below with links to the full blogs.

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Legal with Leah: Grain test disputes

Published Aug. 6, 2015

What recourse do farmers have if they dispute their test results from the elevator? Farm Bureau’s ag law director Leah Curtis and Joe Cornely talk about the options in the latest Legal with Leah.

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Stepping out of our comfort zone - AgriPOWER Class VII Session 1 blog

Published Jul. 29, 2015

AgriPOWER Institute Class VII participant Angela Shoemaker of Louisville discusses her experience in the program's first session and learning to step out of her comfort zone.

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Understanding of why we do things the way that we do - AgriPOWER session 1 blog

Published Jul. 29, 2015

AgriPOWER Institute Class VII participant Vicky Shaw of Medina discusses her experience in the program's first session learning about her strength and picking up public speaking tips.

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Farm Bureau part of successful grain storage bin case

Published Jul. 29, 2015

The Ohio Supreme Court recently ruled that grain storage bins are personal property pursuant to state law and may not be taxed as real property. Ohio Farm Bureau filed an amicus brief in this case with input directly from members.

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12 Receive Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Foundation Scholarships

Published Jul. 21, 2015

Twelve young Ohioans have been named recipients of $1,500 college scholarships from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Foundation. Supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the Foundation annually recognizes Ohio students for their academic effort, engagement in their communities and career interests that link agriculture to community service, education or scientific research.

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Farm Bureau opposes marijuana measure

Published Jul. 17, 2015

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has announced its opposition to the marijuana legalization measure likely to be on the November 2015 ballot.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Member Savings Testimonials

Published Jul. 10, 2015

Help us share the great savings and service opportunities that are part of Ohio Farm Bureau membership. Fill out this form to share your member savings and services experiences. You will be entered in a drawing for two any day tickets to Cedar Point! Help us help other members make the most of their membership and recruit new members! Your testimonials may be shared in publications, brochures or websites. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Must be 18 years of age and valid Ohio resident to enter. Form must be submitted between July 8, 2015 and July 22, 2015.

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A look at OFBF’s work on the state’s $71 billion operating budget

Published Jul. 10, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich recently signed into law a $71 billion operating budget for the state for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. Ohio Farm Bureau staff members were engaged with legislators during the entire budget bill process on matters of importance to the agricultural community and OFBF members.

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Brochure available about state’s new nutrient application law

Published Jul. 10, 2015

Do you farm in the Western Lake Erie Basin? If you do, a new law went into effect earlier this month that changes how you apply nutrients.

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What you need to know about Ag Districts and Ag Security Areas. Full brochure download available.

Five things you should know about Ag Districts and Ag Security Areas

Published Jul. 9, 2015

Ohio’s Ag Districts and Agricultural Security Areas are important programs that help preserve farmland in Ohio. Here are five things you should know about Ag Districts and Ag Security Areas.

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Energy exploration has resulted in a large amount of new infrastructure in eastern Ohio.

LESSONS LEARNED Farmers talk about pros, cons of energy exploration

Published Jul. 7, 2015

Farmers hope others look to eastern Ohio to understand the opportunities and challenges it is facing and to prepare themselves as oil and gas development continues to expand westward.

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Eminent domain? Not so fast

Published Jul. 7, 2015

According to Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau's director of energy, utility and local government policy, pipelines being used to carry materials such as ethane and/or other natural gas liquids do not qualify for eminent domain as the laws are currently written and interpreted.

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Farm Bureau busy in the Statehouse, Congress

Published Jul. 7, 2015

State operating budget, transfer of nutrient management authority to ODA, agritourism, Trade Promotion Authority all being discussed before summer recess.

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Where we’re at with WOTUS

Published Jul. 7, 2015

American Farm Bureau said the 297-page final rule, which goes into effect 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register, broadened the scope of protected waters to include small streams and wetlands.

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Foundation announces scholarship recipients

Published Jul. 7, 2015

The foundation annually recognizes Ohio students for their academic effort, engagement in their communities and career interests that link agriculture to community service, education or scientific research.

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Water samples from Lake Erie.

Providing Input at Trends and Issues Conference

Published Jul. 7, 2015

Lake Erie provided the backdrop for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Trends and Issues Conference as OFBF members gathered to discuss how to improve the organization’s programs and policies.

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Legislators to go on the road to learn about ag issues

Published Jul. 7, 2015

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger is convening an agricultural study committee that will travel around the state this summer to look at current ag issues.

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Youths encouraged to participate in state poultry skillathon contest

Published Jul. 7, 2015

Winners in the 10 age categories for the state poultry skillathon contest will represent the poultry industry in the Sale of Champions with one combined exhibit to represent all market and breeding chicken, turkey and waterfowl exhibitors.

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Ron Miller

In a pinch for a part, OFBF member turns to Grainger

Published Jul. 7, 2015

Not only did Grainger have the part and ship it overnight but Miller received a discount on the order because Farm Bureau members get 10 percent off catalog items.

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Nationwide News Nationwide to sponsor Ag Hall of Fame event

Published Jul. 7, 2015

The event, held during the Ohio State Fair, will attract about 500 guests to honor these individuals for their lifetime of service and dedication to Ohio’s agriculture community.

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OFBF members urge legislators to take action on CAUV

Published Jun. 26, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau members helped get the word out to state legislators that they should take action to improve the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) formula.

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Ohio Youth Capital Challenge finalists to compete during state fair

Published Jun. 23, 2015

Four Ohio Youth Capital Challenge teams will compete Aug. 1 in the finals of the contest, which engages young people in community development citizenship. Sponsored by Ohio 4-H, Ohio FFA and Ohio Farm Bureau, the contest brings together youths age 14-18 from around the state to discuss community issues and concerns and then work together to propose policies and programs to solve the issues.

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County Farm Bureau annual meetings announced

Published Jun. 18, 2015

Every County Farm Bureau in Ohio holds an annual meeting to finish the county policy development process and vote on proposed policies to send on to the state level. Meetings are also a celebration of the past year and a great time to meet and catch up with other Farm Bureau members. Dates for the meetings have been announced. Contact you county for further details.

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Urgent: Action Needed Now on CAUV

Published Jun. 17, 2015

As the Ohio General Assembly considers the budget bill, there is an opportunity to put Ohio Farm Bureau's most recent recommendations into law.

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OFBF responds to high nitrate water warning in Columbus

Published Jun. 12, 2015

Farm Bureau members and staff responded quickly when the city of Columbus issued a high nitrate warning for water supplied by one of its three treatment plants.

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OFBF testifies about CAUV; tax department implements changes to formula

Published May. 29, 2015

With the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) rates for 2015 expected to be released in a couple of weeks, Ohio Farm Bureau was asked to testify about CAUV and describe its latest set of recommendations for changes to the formula.

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The Food Dialogues®: Toledo

Published May. 21, 2015

Balancing Food Production and Clean Water

Join us on May 28 at 10 a.m. for the Livestream discussion, moderated by Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist Gail Hogan, featuring diverse panelists discussing the environmental, agricultural, social and economic aspects of this critical topic.

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Media campaign highlights farmers’ efforts to improve water quality

Published May. 4, 2015

The media campaign, rolled out in time for Earth Day (April 22), was one piece of Ohio Farm Bureau’s comprehensive $1 million Water Quality Action Plan.

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OFBF supports compensation adjustment for judges

Published May. 4, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau’s board voted recently to support pay increases for Ohio judges. In a briefing to the board, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor talked about her work to increase judicial pay.

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